King’s Speech Throned at Oscars, Portman Best ActressFeb 27th, 2011 | By Roy Rasmussen | Category: Art and Entertainment
The British historical drama The King’s Speech reigned at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards, claiming Best Picture, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Director. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her performance in Black Swan.
The King’s Speech is produced by Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Gareth Unwin, and Geoffrey Rush. Director Tom Hooper won Best Director.
Writer David Seidler won Best Original Screenplay. Seidler, who overcame stuttering as a teenager, tells the story of King George VI’s efforts to overcome his own stutter during World War II.
King George is played by Colin Firth, who won Best Actor. Speech therapist Lionel Logue (played by Geoffrey Rush) helps the King prepare a vital speech at the beginning of the war following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII.
Natalie Portman won Best Actress for her role as tortured ballerina Nina Sayers in the psychological thriller Black Swan.
The biographical sports drama The Fighter also performed strongly, with Christian Bale winning Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Melissa Leo winning Best Actress in a Supporting Role.
Science fiction film Inception won in multiple effects-related categories, for Cinematography, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing, and Visual Effects.
The semi-biographical Facebook drama The Social Network won in three categories, claiming Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing, and Best Original Score.
Disney-Pixar animated sequel Toy Story 3 won Best Animated Feature Film and Best Original Song, for Randy Newman’s “We Belong Together.”